$39 for Gray-Whale-Watching Tour from Island Adventures (Up to $69 Value)

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In a Nutshell

During three-hour tours with guaranteed whale sightings, passengers witness gray whales’ migration and may glimpse other aquatic wildlife

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Expires Apr 19th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per person per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Valid only for the whale-watching cruise; not valid towards the gift shop. 8.2% Washington state sales tax and $2.00 per person fuel charge not included. Not valid until 03/02/13. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with this Groupon.

$39 for a Gray-Whale-Watching Tour (Up to $69 Value)

Tours run for up to three hours through the peaceful waters of Possession Sound, Saratoga Passage, and Port Gardner Bay, which puts passengers in the midst of the more than 20,000 gray whales migrating through the area. As passengers cruise aboard the 101-foot Island Explorer 3, they learn to identify whales with the help of their expert guides and often spot other wildlife as well, from harbor seals to bald eagles. Reservations are required, and whale sightings are guaranteed. For more information, see the schedule, the tour page, and tour-preparation tips.

Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.

Island Adventures

On a childhood fishing trip with his dad in the San Juan Islands, Shane Aggergaard noticed a group of orcas swimming toward his boat. Rather than steering clear of human contact, they swam directly under the boat—one even looked Shane right in the eye. It was a moment of whale-human connection he never forgot, and nowadays tries to approximate through Island Adventures. The whale-watching tour company, which Shane founded with his wife, Jennifer, brings passengers into close contact with the aquatic mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

Depending on the season, wilderness-savvy guides—who’ve led more than 6,000 collective wildlife tours during their careers—can introduce passengers to minke whales and the San Juan’s three resident orca pods, migrating gray whales, or humpbacks. Their 101-foot vessel, The Island Explorer 3, boasts a large bow pulpit and a viewing deck with more than 400 feet of railing, ideal for seeing whales in their entirety, from their tails to their trusty sets of water wings. The team backs each tour with a whale-sighting guarantee and strives to ensure future sightings by making sustainable choices, from its ecofriendly cleaning products to the boat's cabin floor made from recycled tires.

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